A message from Enova’s founding team
In 2016, Enova Energy made history as Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy retailer.
It is our vision that as communities and companies show initiative, our political leaders will also gain confidence and have the courage to change policies to favour renewable energy in our country. We believe that together we can create a renewable energy revolution that tackles the urgent challenge of climate change. The community’s position was also brought to a head by the fight against fracking.
We decided it was time to take action and to create a positive renewable energy solution for people in the Northern Rivers, and potentially other communities throughout Australia.
The goals we set for Enova have been the same since we first had the idea to:
- Keep profits and jobs in the community
- Reduce our region’s carbon footprint
- Create a model that benefits all socio-economic groups
- Establish an energy model that can be recreated by communities across the country
- and eventually, to produce enough renewable energy locally to meet all of our customers’ energy needs.
In 2016, we began accepting our first customers. By September that year we had nearly 800 customers and the number increases by the minute.
Why is Enova Different?
Our model brings exciting possibilities to the energy sector, particularly in the way we generate and distribute solar and other renewable energy. In the past, community-based renewable energy projects struggled to find a retailer who would purchase excess energy – the large companies just haven’t been interested. Enova will not only buy this power, we will also work with communities to help bring their renewable energy projects to life.
The structure of Enova – with its energy retail arm Enova Energy Pty Ltd channelling 50% of profits to its not-for-profit arm Enova Community – is also a first for this sector. Enova Community will help bring solar to all households regardless of income so everyone can join the shift to renewable energy. The win-win outcomes for community and environment that we’ve had since the outset have brought widespread support for Enova since 2014.